The following notes are a sample of ways I chose to turn around my daily interactions with myself and the environment. Over time they became effortless, natural and utterly life-enhancing.
- Wake up smiling. A Buddhist teacher of mine says be “happy for no reason”. I took that teaching as a direct transmission and put it into practice every morning, just happy to wake up.
- Bless the Water: There is a miracle waiting for you in your faucet. Pour water, drink water, wash hands, take a shower, water plants, take a swim. These are everyday miracles we often take for granted. Water is the essence of all life. In Ireland we call her Uisce, take time to thank her.
- Take a deep breath: “we are being breathed by the universe”. We may need to remind ourselves to drink a glass of water, the breath however needs no such reminder. The word ‘inspire’ is rooted in the latin for spirit, in other words the breath is the “spirit within”. When we consciously take a deep breath we say “yes” to life itself.
- Sit quietly for 5 minutes a day: All of us, even children are so over scheduled now. Taking time to be quiet is rare commodity. In Tai Chi and Qigong which I teach and practice we speak of slowing down to the pace of blood flow, of the movement of trees in a gentle breeze. When we watch for queues from the natural world we are inspired with a sense of true belonging.
- Bless your food: What an amazing gift for most everyone who reads these words. Thank your food, thank those who grew it, picked it, shipped it. Ask your food to be your medicine.
Look for five more secrets in this series next month.